It’s been said the pain of kidney stones is like giving birth. But, whilst childbirth is a welcome and predicable event, the sudden, excruciating pain of a kidney stone strikes without warning. Such is the shock and the agony of this, it’s hardly surprising you’ll readily agree to surgery. Yet a little research will uncover some very effective home remedies for kidney stones, which can avoid painful, invasive surgery in the majority of cases.
Nettle leaf: This leaf is known for its urination promotion abilities. Drinking up to 2 to 3 cups of nettle leaf tea daily may prevent the formation of kidney stones. Nettle leaf works by constantly keeping water flowing through the body’s kidneys and bladder; it also helps to wash away bacteria. Nettle leaf tea can be prepared by simply mixing 1 or 2 tablespoons of dried nettle leaf with a cup of hot water and leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes.
Increase your intake of bran and oats – bran and oats naturally contain a lot of fiber. Fiber helps get rid of excess calcium and other oxalates or the organic acids that come from the food we eat. Oxalates are useful as in the case of vitamin C. However, oxalates and other excessive mineral substances have the tendency to merge into spiky crystals.
If you are suffering from kidney stones or you have had them in the past, one of the most important things to do is to make sure you drink plenty of water. It is important to increase your intake of fluids. It is a good idea to drink 8 oz of water a day, or even more if you can. You can drink it alone or with a herbal infusion or cordial. Drinks containing caffeine such as tea, coffee and cola and alcohol aren’t counted in this 8oz but you can also drink fruit juices and other drinks.
Like your doctor mentioned, drink water throughout the day. At least 12 cups a day.
Another form of treatment involves inserting a probe up the urethra and up into the urinary tract. This does give direct contact with the stone, which then requires a less powerful shockwave to shatter it, so meaning less residual pain. Alternatively a laser may be used on the end of the probe to fragment the stone.
Physician and Nutrition Expert Dr. McDougal stated, “Today over prescribing and overuse of mind-altering drugs are doing far more harm than good in our society.” Many times, only a few simple lifestyle changes are needed and not an over-priced pill with dangerous side-effects. Unfortunately, most of the time doctors do not tell us about the simple lifestyle changes, but don’t think twice about prescribing us one to two medications.